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7/30/15 – 5:10 A.M.

With voters having rejected two bids to build a new k-8 building in the Liberty Benton School District, the school board is taking a hard look at what needs to be done to keep the existing building in good working condition. The Courier reports board members talked about recommendations from an architectural firm during a Wednesday meeting. The suggestions include adding eight more modular classrooms. If the board decides in favor of the plan, the rooms will start being put in place as early as December.

The cost of the new classrooms would be more than $794,000 not including plumbing and electrical costs. If approved, they could open for the 2016-2017 school year.

The plan given to the district also calls for the heating system to be replaced, and for the band and choir room to be renovated. Superintendent Jim Kanable recommended doing one major project each summer for the next three years. An electrical audit is expected to begin by the end of this week.

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7/25/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Findlay City Council members heard about the importance of long-term budgeting during their annual mid-year budget review Wednesday. The Courier reports Auditor Jim Staschiak continued to lobby for a three-to-five year operating forecast for the city. Staschiak says having that in place would help with long-term planning, which he added was an “outstanding weakness.”

According to Staschiak, Henrico County, Virginia has put similar long-term planning measures in place. He added they’ve been praised for their budgeting efforts as a result.

Staschiak has been pushing for the longer budget forecast since he came into office. Last year he successfully lobbied the city to put a two-year budget plan in place.

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7/30/15 – 4:47 A.M.

Dozens of people argued against Bowling Green State University taking WBGU-TV off the air during a meeting in Findlay Wednesday night. The Courier reports the controversial subject was a topic of a meeting held on the Owens Community College campus. Of the roughly 70 people in attendance, most lobbied BGSU officials to keep the local PBS station running.

BG students who work at the station said selling the station’s signal to the government to make way for more wireless communication spectrum would be short sighted. Sarah Sanchez said working at the station helped her and others get jobs and internships because of their experience at an operating TV station. Others added that having WBGU gives the college an advantage in attracting students who want to work in television.

The government estimates BGSU could make around $40 million by selling the TV station’s air signal. Officials at the school say no decisions have been made yet. Another public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Keese Hall at Rhodes State College in Lima.

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7/29/15 – 10:45 A.M.

As construction continues on the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Findlay, the work to build a customer base is underway too. Marketing Director Kathleen Stacey says they are getting ready to accept members…

Audio: Kathleen Stacy

Stacey says Encore members will also receive special offers and discounts. More than 30 people have already approached the performing arts center about Encore Memberships. For more information, you can call (419)423-2787.

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7/29/15 – 10:15 A.M.

The Legacy Farmers and Heritage cooperatives are closer to a merger. The boards of both organizations have voted to move forward with the process. The agreement will be brought to members in August with a vote to follow. At least 60 percent approval will be needed from the members of both cooperatives to seal the deal.

If the agreement passes, the two organizations would begin operating under the Heritage Cooperative banner next March. The corporate offices would be in Logan County, but the Findlay offices used by Legacy would be, “fully utilized.”

Heritage Cooperative has 30 locations in 20 counties, including operations in Hancock, Hardin, and Wyandot Counties.

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7/29/15 – 9:18 A.M.

It’s been dry lately, but unfortunately for the local wheat crop the damage from a wet summer has already been done. Hancock County OSU Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that wet fields meant farmers couldn’t harvest wheat quickly, and that’s a big problem…

Audio: Ed Lentz

Lentz says the extra time in wet fields decreases the value of the crop because farmers start seeing less bushels per acre.

Lentz added that he hopes the rough year for wheat won’t discourage farmers from planting it in the future. He says it’s good for soil health when part of crop rotations.

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7/29/15 – 5:20 A.M.

State Representative Robert Sprague has introduced legislation in the Ohio Legislature that would allow terminally ill patients to try medications not approved by the FDA. House Bill 290 would also allow a drug manufacturer to provide the medication to patients or their doctors.

Four other states have what are known as “Right to Try” legislation. Eight others are considering similar changes.

The bill was cosponsored by Representative Marlene Anielski of Walton Hills.

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7/29/15 – 5:13 A.M.

The North Baltimore school district has hired someone to help streamline special education services and money. The Courier reports Laura Warden will serve the district as the special services director. In her role, Warden will oversee services once provided by three people in the Wood County Educational Service Center.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney says the move will help the district be more efficient in providing services. It will also save around $40,000 a year.

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7/29/15 – 5:06 A.M.

The St. Wendelin school and parish in Fostoria has a new director. The Courier reports Matthew Meyers has been named to the post. He’ll start on August 3. Meyers takes the place of Brian Shaver. Shaver told the newspaper he couldn’t go into the specifics of his departure, but confirmed he is no longer employed at the parish.

St. Wendelin Reverend Todd Dominique issued a statement saying, “it has been determined that this position now requires a different kind of focus and a different kind of approach, hence, a different kind of leadership.” He added that they wished Shaver well as he leaves the position.

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7/29/15 – 4:56 A.M.

Traffic on I-75 south of Findlay was brought to a stand still Tuesday after a utility truck caught fire. The State Highway Patrol reports the incident happened around 3:45 p.m. in the northbound lanes near Rawson. It took nearly two hours for the accident site to return to normal.

The truck was destroyed by the fire. No injuries were reported.

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